Chinese Parliamentary Sessions 2013
March 2013 sees the annual meeting of the two legislative and consultative bodies of China, where major policies are decided and key government officials appointed. The National People's Congress (NPC) is held in the Great Hall of the People in China's capital, Beijing, and with 2,987 members, is the largest parliament in the world. It gathers alongside the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) whose members represent various groups of society.
Ex-Hong Kong delegate to NPC, Ng Hon-mun, criticises presidium elections
A former Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress has criticised the selection process for the group that oversees the election of local delegates to the national legislature.
He has called it a "black box" arrangement more at home on the mainland.
Ng Hon-mun, who served as a local delegate for 33 years from 1975, described the process for choosing members for the presidium as a "black box operation" that used a "mainland-style election model" in comments made to the Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao yesterday.
Earlier this month, in a regular column for another Chinese-language newspaper, Ng criticised some NPC members of doing little. "Some NPC members do a lot of moonlighting [in other roles]; how can they fulfil their role as a representative of Hong Kong people?"
Ng said he hoped to see capable people elected who expressed the concerns of the city and its residents in the NPC.
Professor Priscilla Lau Pui-king, an NPC member, said the 19 members of the presidium were prominent and respectable people, and only the method of selecting them was different from what was commonly used in Hong Kong.
She admitted, however, that some members who were also lawmakers were very busy and might have missed some NPC meetings.